Podcast Ep.42 Explore These Washington DC Neighborhoods

November 1, 2022 in Podcast

Washington DC is a city of neighborhoods. There are actually over 100 neighborhoods in the nation’s capital. The best itinerary for visitors is a mix of downtown federal government sites and local neighborhood experiences. In this episode you’ll hear from Paige Muller, Chief Experience Officer of Curious Caravan, a custom trip planning service that curates one-of-a-kind adventures and itineraries for curious explorers seeking the unexpected in Washington, DC.

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Podcast Ep.41 Visiting Every Museum in Washington DC

October 1, 2022 in Podcast

Washington DC is a museum city. People who visit often have ambitions of visiting many of our museums, but the reality is there are far too many to check out on a single trip. In this episode you’ll hear from Noelle Harada, a TikTok creator who set a goal in 2022 to visit every museum in Washington DC. She is documenting each museum visit with a video and review.

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Podcast Ep.40 Women’s History Sites in Washington DC

August 1, 2022 in Podcast

A vast majority of historic sites in Washington DC are dedicated to men in history. When you visit you’ll find huge monuments to presidents and military leaders and other men who made an impact on our country. Sites to American women exist but there are fewer of them and you need to know where to look.

In this episode you’ll hear from Kaitlin Calogera & Rebecca Grawl, authors of the book 111 Places in Woman’s History in Washington, DC That You Must Not Miss. Kaitlin and Rebecca are professional tour guides and entrepreneurs. The mission of their company A Tour of Her Own is to elevate women’s stories into a more prominent place in American history and culture.

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Podcast Ep.39 New York City Tour Guide Reviews Washington DC

July 1, 2022 in Podcast

Sometimes it’s useful to get a new or different perspective. A fresh set of eyes can highlight things that locals don’t notice because we live here and see the city every day. In this episode you’ll hear from Megan Marod (aka The Megan Daily), a licensed New York City tour guide who has visited Washington, DC several times over the past year. She shares some of the things she learned from those trips and offers tips to help you prepare for an upcoming trip.

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Podcast Ep.38 The Fourth of July in Washington DC

June 1, 2022 in Podcast

Washington, DC is a fantastic destination for the Fourth of July. There are major events like the National Independence Day Parade, a Capitol Fourth concert and the fireworks – plus a handful of smaller events. It’s a fun day but important to know what to expect so you can navigate the crowds, road closures and summer heat. In this episode Rob consolidates all of his Fourth of July advice in one place.

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Podcast Ep.37 Where to Stay When You Visit Washington DC

May 1, 2022 in Podcast

When you’re planning a trip, where to stay, which hotel, and what area, is a big decision. It’s why one of the first things I did after I started Trip Hacks DC was create a where to stay guide. In this episode you’ll learn about all eleven recommend areas. What are the pros of each area? What are the cons of each area? And what are some solid hotel choices in each? Plus, what are the areas where you don’t want to stay? The don’ts are podcast exclusive content so stick around until the end of the episode to hear!

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Podcast Ep.36 Newer and Lesser Known Monuments in Washington DC

April 1, 2022 in Podcast

When you visit Washington, DC you will almost certainly check out the major monuments and memorials on the National Mall. Over the past few years, several new monuments have opened around the city. These are monuments both to former presidents and to major wars. Because they opened during the pandemic, their ceremonies didn’t have much fanfare. In this episode Rob is joined by guest Carolyn Muraskin to discuss these new sites, as well as a few other lesser-known memorials they think you should know about.

Carolyn is the owner of DC Design Tours, a tour company that runs historic walking tours with a focus on architecture, design and urban planning, including a few tours that cover sites discussed with Rob.

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Podcast Ep.35 National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2022 and Beyond

March 1, 2022 in Podcast

For the first time in three years National Cherry Blossom Festival events are back in person. This is an exciting development after years of missing out on one of the most anticipated events in Washington, DC. However, it’s important to know what’s changed and how. In this episode Rob is joined by Diana Mayhew. She is the President of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the nonprofit organization that organizes and implements festival events each spring. Diana has some important tips if you’re planning to visit for the cherry blossoms in 2022 and beyond.

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Podcast Ep.34 Insider Travel Tips from a DC Tour Guide

February 1, 2022 in Podcast

When is the best time of year to travel? What’s the best process to choose a hotel? How do you find the best tours and experiences in a destination? In this episode Rob takes the mic to tackle all of these questions and more. He brings his decade of experience as a tour guide and applies it to how he travels. It’s a different perspective than you’ll hear from a frequent or professional traveler, but hopefully valuable nonetheless!

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Podcast Ep.33 Is Washington DC Tourism Coming Back?

January 1, 2022 in Podcast

Are travelers coming back to Washington, DC? Is the tourism industry recovering? The answer is yes. But also no. It’s complicated. The only way to properly explain it is to walk through what 2021 was like month by month. In this episode Rob takes the mic for a solo podcast. He talks about how Trip Hacks DC tour business fared in 2021 and what the experience was like to own a Washington DC tour business and try to come back from a devastating 2020.  

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